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The memorable moments came fast and furious in 2021, with a season starting Jan.

No one wants games without fans, but with attendance restricted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the League made a dream a reality at the NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe.

To be able to be out with this team, it’s amazing.” The Flyers lost 1-0 in overtime, but the result took a backseat to Lindblom being healthy and able to continue a promising NHL career.

Patrick Marleau played for the San Jose Sharks against the Vegas Golden Knights, but this was different than many of the other games he played over his 23-season NHL career.

The Tampa Bay Lightning started their repeat run as Stanley Cup champions with arguably the most exciting game of the 84 played in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a 5-4 win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup First Round against the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena.

Other memorable moments were the 62:07 played by Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse, the third-most in NHL playoff history since time-on-ice records began in 1997-98, and about 100 flag-waving, horn-honking Jets fans who waited near the exit at Canada Life Centre until well into the early morning to cheer their heroes for Winnipeg’s first-ever NHL playoff series victory against Edmonton.

Lafleur posed with dozens of starstruck fans and the trophy he won five times during his Hall of Fame career at a suburban Montreal car dealership to kick into high gear the Guy Lafleur Fund, a cancer research initiative established in March at the Montreal hospital where his treatment continues to this day.

The Islanders couldn’t finish the job — they lost 1-0 at Tampa Bay in Game 7 — but they were able to give their fans one more unforgettable memory in the historic building in Uniondale, New York, before moving down Hempstead Turnpike to their new home, UBS Arena, at the start of this season.

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Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Lightning and Canadiens marked the first time in 28 years since one was played in Canada dating back to Game 7 of the Vancouver Canucks-Boston Bruins series in Vancouver on June 7, 2011, and the first one ever played at Bell Centre, which opened in 1996.

This time, the Lightning players celebrated at home, at Amalie Arena, with family and friends in attendance, after an Andrei Vasilevskiy shutout in Game 5 against the Canadiens.

Like we saw in Vegas, there’s an extremely large amount of players who are great players who were available, and I think it was a great start today and we’ll see what happens over the next couple of months.” It was indeed a great start — in an unforgettable location — for the Kraken.

“It’s also a dream come true to play with your brother, and both of those things are happening.” During Luke’s video conference with reporters, he marked the occasion by wearing his older brother’s No.

The first preseason game usually isn’t a big newsmaker, but it was when Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews played for the first time in more than a year in a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at United Center.

But the Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars didn’t disappoint when they finally played before a raucous and appreciative crowd at El Paso County Events Center, a former cow palace-turned skating rink.

Alex Ovechkin scored four points , he stopped by the NHL on TNT postgame show for a memorable interview with the panel, which included a question from “The Great One” himself.

New York had actually held McDavid in check for the first 57 minutes of the game, limiting him to one assist, and led 5-4 in the final minutes at Rogers Place in Edmonton, but the sleeping giant awoke to stun the Rangers, the Oilers and anyone else watching.

It was only two seasons ago when Andrei Svechnikov of the Carolina Hurricanes became the first to score a lacrosse-style goal in the NHL , but Zegras took it to the next level by picking the puck up on his stick blade behind the Sabres net and lobbing it over the net and left shoulder of goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen.

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